Welcome. I'm Jim Kelly and I write crime mysteries. My first series is set in Ely, in the Fens, and features journalist Philip Dryden and his side-kick Humph. The books won a Dagger In The Library. Now I've started a new detective series set in North Norfolk.

I hope you enjoy the site. I'd love to hear from anyone who has read the books and wants to share thoughts / problems / opinions or just get in touch. You can contact me here

Latest Book

When the crucified body of a migrant worker is found in a lonely Fen churchyard at Brimstone Hill, local newspaper editor Philip Dryden sets out with his sidekick Humph to find the truth behind a baffling mystery

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Last Book

A new mystery for Philip Dryden, the journalist with time on his hands and his own personal chauffeur - the idle, over-weight Humph. They have a real mystery to solve when the body of Dryden...

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News

PAPERBACK NOW OUT

The very handsome paperback version of Death's Door is now out with Severn House. Follow link for the hardback and select other formats . . . Read more

Blog

WHERE DID THAT IDEA COME FROM ?

I was recently invited to give a talk at King's College London inspired by the publication of Death's Door. I wanted to investigate the role of islands in crime fiction . . . Read more

PIN YOUR TAIL ON THE LITERARY MAP

This is a great idea. The British Library is currently running an exhibition called WRITING BRITAIN: from wastelands to wonderlands . . . Read more